Author Archives: F.T. Rea

The Devils & the Details

My first good look at what was to become the Biograph Theatre was in July of 1971. Having gotten a tip from a friend that the DeeCee-based owners were considering the hiring of a local manager, I went to the … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Movies About Television

Six decades ago television was supposedly killing off both the radio and the movie-making industries. Over that span the impact of television on popular culture has had no equal, yet radio is still with us. And, it seems that no … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Screwball Comedies

The golden age of Hollywood’s Screwball Comedies was during the 10-year run-up to World War II. Since that time many popular feature films have imitated the style of those battle-of-the-sexes comedies — a few quite effectively — but the best … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Best Picture Winners

It’s cold outside and, yes, we’re in the midst of the awards season. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees for Best Picture later this month. The Academy started handing out the awards first for … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Civil War Stories

In case you haven’t noticed, here in Richmond, Virginia, located at the falls of the James River, we’re commemorating the beginning of the American Civil War (1861-65). It’s been 150 years since the United States broke into pieces at war … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Overwhelming First Viewings

Since it’s easy enough to find plenty of articles listing the authors’ best pictures of 2010, I won’t duplicate the exercise here. Instead, at the end of the year I’m thinking about how so many of us ponder what we … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Guilty Pleasures

This week’s list of five was prompted by “Guilty Pleasures by Mike White,” which was posted last month. Inspiration is always welcomed. Besides, if this isn’t the perfect season in which to celebrate our own peculiar proclivities, what part of … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Rock ‘n’ Roll

When considering music films for a favorites list there are so many different kinds of musicals and movies about music that the category begs to be narrowed. Therefore, for this list of five favorites, I’m looking only at rock ‘n’ … Continue reading

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Double-Take: Kass 333

This morning I thought of Carole Kass, longtime movie critic at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, who died at the age of 73 in 2000. So, for the sake of a little variety this week my post will be about her, instead … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Science Fiction

This category is somewhat troublesome for me. You see, unlike many film buffs, I’m not all that much of a science fiction fan. Used to be, when I was a kid. Then, somewhere along the line I began to realize … Continue reading

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